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HPBC Leaders Column: We deserve a better transport system

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The weekly column by the leadership team of High Peak Borough Council.

This week is Better Transport Week, a week organised by the Campaign for Better Transport to discuss sustainable transport and its issues.

Events have taken place in both Buxton and Glossop over the last few days to discuss various local issues.

Friday’s Buxton Town Team discussion covered a range of issues, including schemes looking at joining up more walking routes with local bus and train services to try and make going by bus or train for a day out a more attractive option, innovative schemes like revolution rail and the possibility of a link for cyclists and walkers to Blackwell Mill for easier access to the Monsal Trail.

Glossop’s discussion, organised by Move More High Peak and partners, saw 50 people gather on a Sunday to discuss various issues, including cycling, cars, trains and buses across Glossopdale.

In both examples, groups of enthusiastic locals want to work with local partners to make improvements across a range of schemes that would improve local movement. These include projects like completing the missing link of the Trans Pennine Trail linking Gamesley and Simmondley. 

Sadly, all too often local efforts are not matched by the same commitment in Whitehall. In March, the Government cut funding for Active Travel by £208 million. This means that a range of schemes that have been developed by local residents working with local authorities and other partners are placed in limbo, scrambling for additional limited funds or abandoned for a better day.

It’s similar with the funding for buses. Whilst the news of the extended period for the £2 fare is welcome, the investment in services expected from the bus service improvement plan seems to have disappeared, at least for us at this edge of the County. Derbyshire County Council is only getting half of what it bid for from the Government, meaning the opportunity for better Sunday and evening services are less likely than ever. 

We will continue to make the case for High Peak to get its fair share.

Cllr Anthony Mckeown, Leader

Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader

(This column was published in the Glossop Chronicle, 15 June 2023)

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